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Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi awarded honorary doctorate

:  Emeritus professor of English Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi is pictured being recognized with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by Dr. Dan DiBiaso, Wilmington College, Delaware.
Emeritus professor of English Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi is pictured being recognized with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by Dr. Dan DiBiaso, Wilmington College, Ohio.

Fifty years after he spent one year as a special student at Wilmington College, Ball State University emeritus professor of English Tetsumaro Hayashi was presented an honorary doctor of humane letters by the Wilmington, Ohio, institution at its spring, 2005 commencement.

 Hayashi began his U.S. education at Wilmington on referral by Walt Whitman scholar, Professor William L. Moore while Moore was a visiting professor in Japan. Hayashi credits Wilmington professor Dr. John H. Martin for inspiring him to study the works of John Steinbeck.

For 23 years, Hayashi was director of the Steinbeck Research Institute at Ball State, serving also as president of the International Steinbeck society from 1980 to 1994. While at Ball State, Hayashi hosted scores of visiting scholars and students from around the world who shared his interest in Steinbeck's works.

Following retirement from Ball State in 1993, Hayashi spent eight years as in Japan as a visiting faculty member in Nagasaki and as vice president of a university in Hiroshima. 

"Dr. Hayashi has done more to enhance Ball State's academic reputation in Japan than any other faculty member", said Martin Limbird, director of international advancement.